1 Interkulturelle studier, Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University2 The Department of Culture and Identity, Roskilde University3 Department of Communication and Arts, Roskilde University
If, as the call for papers suggests, there is 'no going back to simplistic national narratives', then I would like to begin by paper by asking, when did they disappear? In my paper I would like to explore the territory between on the one hand the project of abandoning the image of say a homogeneous and safely white Australia, and, on the other, the remarkable resilience and the dynamic processes of recreating/redefining/reifying the homogeneous (white) nation. In other words I intend to explore how the dynamics of resurrecting the homogeneous interacts/collides/coincides with (the expectedly) dynamically globalised, post-multicultural reality of contemporary Australia. And I might just do this through the tourist lense, as one site where the dynamic heterogeneity of a globalised society confronts the neatly packaged image of the nation in its most reduced form.